John Ridgely

John Ridgely (born John Huntington Rea,[1] September 6, 1909 January 18, 1968) was an American film character actor with over 175 film credits.[2]

John Ridgely
John Huntington Rea

(1909-09-06)September 6, 1909
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 1968(1968-01-18) (aged 58)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Alma materStanford University
Years active19351954

Early years

Born in Chicago, Illinois,[3] Ridgely was the son of John Ridgely Rea. Ridgely's elementary schooling was in Hinsdale, Illinois, and he attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri.[4] He also attended Stanford University before going into a career in movies.[2]


He appeared in the 1946 Humphrey Bogart film The Big Sleep as blackmailing gangster Eddie Mars and had a memorable role as a suffering heart patient in the film noir Nora Prentiss (1947).

The Chicago-born actor appeared in a large number of other Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Freelancing after 1948, John Ridgely continued to essay general-purpose parts until he left films in 1953; thereafter, he worked in summer-theater productions and television until his death from a heart attack at the age of 58 in 1968.

Selected filmography

Radio appearances

1938Warner Brothers Academy TheaterSpecial Agent[5]


  1. Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 406. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. "John Ridgely Roles Now Number 175". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 2, 1951. p. 6. Retrieved June 9, 2015 via
  3. Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P. 973.
  4. Dudley, Fredda (August 1943). "Man with a Future". Screenland. XLVII (4): 25–29, 62. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (1): 32–41. Winter 2013.

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